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Ronda Rousey Earns Mad Props From UFC Peers For WrestleMania Hijinks

In his 1987 song “Elvis Is Everywhere,” Mojo Nixon crooned about seeing The King everywhere he went. Nowadays, the psychobilly superstar could easily rewrite his signature song and make it all about Ronda Rousey, because these days, she’s popping up at every turn.

As reported by Inquisitr, the undefeated women’s UFC champ even popped up at this year’s WrestleMania in a memorable spot with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, possibly setting up an “legitimate” bout in WWE at some point in the future. The segment prompted a lot of reaction and intrigue on social media and throughout the internet, even garnering an exceptional amount of coverage by the mainstream media. Rousey’s peers have also weighed in, including some of her fellow UFC competitors who recently spoke with MMA Junkie regarding Ronda’s crossover appeal.

“I’m happy for her,” UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk said. “If she’s happy, I’m happy for her. She’s a boss, you know? I like her so much. I’m happy she’s doing great stuff outside the gym and outside the octagon, so I’m happy for her.”

A number of other UFC competitors spoke to MMA Junkie regarding Rousey’s WrestleMania moment, offering unanimous praise for her ability to self-promote across genres and platforms. UFC heavyweight Anthony “Freight Train” Hamilton told MMA Junkie he regards Rousey as “an icon,” noting that “she’s everywhere right now.” Ross Pearson described Rousey’s work with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon as “pretty epic.”

Indeed, there’s no arguing against the fact that Ronda Rousey’s star is on the rise these days. WrestleZone reports that Rousey, along with her friends and fellow athletes Marina Shafir, Shayna Baszler, and Jessamyn Duke, now have their own “store” on a popular wrestling-themed t-shirt site that features a shirt inspired by wrestling’s legendary Four Horsemen team.

Ronda Rousey also made headlines earlier this week when Walmart announced they would not stock her forthcoming book My Fight/Your Fight in stores due to its violent content. Given the present course of her career, it’s unlikely that such a move—even when made by the world’s biggest retailer—will substantially impact sales of the highly-anticipated tome. If anything, the controversy could ultimately pique the interest of many who might not have otherwise considered book as a “must read” prior to the recent controversy.

As if all of this isn’t enough work for an exceptionally well-rounded and highly-capable woman, Ronda Rousey also appears in the new trailer for the upcoming movie Entourage. The Washington Post notes that Rousey appears with Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots, as well as soccer legend Thierry Henry in the promotional clip.

For the folks who aren’t fans of Ronda Rousey, there’s nothing but hard cheese on the horizon as this diva with a difference seems intent on becoming a queen of all media. Sports, publishing, and direct marketing have brought success and notoriety to Rousey thus far. In the off chance she might look to rock and roll as her next frontier, it’s a safe bet that Mojo Nixon would be up for a duet with the pulchritudinous pugilist. The title would be a no-brainer: “Ronda Rousey is Everywhere.”

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